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Thinking BarcelonaIdeologies of a Global City$
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Edgar Illas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317873

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The City Where Europe Meets the Mediterranean

The City Where Europe Meets the Mediterranean

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(p.81) Chapter Two The City Where Europe Meets the Mediterranean
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Thinking Barcelona
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317873.003

This chapter investigates the specific ideological aspects of the politics of postmodern Barcelona. It concentrates on the calculated use of the notions of the Mediterranean, Europe, and the city to deploy a specific hegemonic definition of Barcelona. It explores the ideological constructs that sustained the politics of the city hall during the Olympic years. Then, it describes Francisco Casavella's El triunfo. This novel reveals some of the darker effects that the globalising ideologies had on Barcelona's social space. This chapter suggests that the Rio-Barcelona Declaration's attempt to redefine cosmopolitanism as an urban matter can only be meaningful if it changes the new conditions of labour under globalisation.

Keywords:   globalisation, postmodern Barcelona, Mediterranean, Europe, city, Francisco Casavella, El triunfo, social space, Rio-Barcelona Declaration, cosmopolitanism

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